Aug 10, 2017 A new op-ed by Dr. Craig Gundersen from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign highlights the importance of SNAP for people with disabilities. As Congress considers making drastic cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), it's more important than ever to dispel myths about the program and shed more light on the families SNAP serves.
Aug 10, 2017 Budgets, it is often said in Washington, are moral documents meant to convey priorities. House Republicans’ fiscal year 2018 budget makes their priorities crystal clear—namely, delivering tax cuts to millionaires at the expense of America’s struggling working families. Among the cruelest elements of the proposal is its plan to decimate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program. House Republicans want to slash SNAP by a whopping $154 billion over 10 years, cutting projected spending on benefits by 42 percent of projected SNAP spending between 2023 and 2027. If these budget cuts were enacted solely by taking families off the program, more than 7 million households per year could lose access to benefits starting in 2023, and 6.6 million households could lose access in 2027. See the Center for American Progress article for estimates of the number of households who could lose SNAP benefits in each state.
Aug 08, 2017 A new report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) has found that rural Americans are increasingly reliant on food stamps to make ends meet each month — and their usage outstrips that of urban residents. Nationally, food stamp participation is highest overall among households in rural areas (16%) and small towns (16%) compared to metro counties (13%).
Aug 08, 2017 This blog by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recounts a recent Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing that looked at proper nutrition and seniors’ health and highlighted the risk of malnutrition and poor health among older adults and their links to limited access to nutritious food. Many seniors are food insecure, meaning that they have problems affording nutritious, adequate food. In the hearing, senators and witnesses repeatedly pointed to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as an important support for seniors who have few resources.
Aug 08, 2017 In our newest SNAP newsletter we highlight harmful cuts to SNAP being proposed in the FY 2018 Budget process and actions for advocates, along with how these cuts will hurt American's. We share a new SNAP policy update that covers the SNAP time limit rule and links to updated tools and resources. We introduce a new medical deduction fact sheet and budget worksheet for individuals, caregivers, and community organizations working with seniors and/or people with disabilities. We highlight new SNAP reports on how SNAP helps different populations, and much more...
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Jul 27, 2017 The House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution released last week would make hunger in this country far worse. The proposal combines a huge tax cut that is heavily tilted toward the rich with tens of billions of dollars in safety net program cuts. Read our latest update on the federal budget, including analyses, talking points, sample social media posts and a call to action to contact Members of Congress.
Jul 19, 2017 The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a statement from Bob Greenstein on the FY 2018 House budget resolutions that is being marked up today. The budget plan is broadly similar in direction and theme to President Trump’s budget: cutting trillions of dollars from basic assistance, health programs, and core investments in our economy; promising both big tax cuts and so-called deficit-neutral “tax reform” without providing any specifics for how those tax cuts would be paid for; and relying on rosy economic assumptions to show a balanced budget by 2027 on paper. As a statement of a fiscal vision for the nation, the plan is exceptionally harsh: its steep cuts in entitlement and non-defense discretionary programs would hit low- and moderate-income families hard and disinvest in areas important for long-term economic growth. This vision is broadly similar to that reflected in House Republican budgets put forward since 2011. In short, this is not a fiscal blueprint that will aid struggling families, bolster communities left behind, or help more Americans have a shot at the American dream. It’s a blueprint that asks the most from those who have the least and would leave us a coarser nation and one less prepared for future economic challenges.
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Jul 17, 2017 Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is releasing this first publication in a series of papers that outlines how increased access to SNAP impacts health and healthcare costs. Older adults who receive SNAP are less likely to be admitted into the hospital, according to this new research paper published in Population Health Management journal out of Thomas Jefferson University. This study demonstrates the significant impact that increased SNAP participation can have on healthcare utilization and costs.
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Jul 12, 2017 At the Coalition On Human Needs (CHN) they know the importance of working together and fighting for what’s right with one voice. Yesterday CHN released a sign on letter with more than 1,500 national, state and local groups from every state standing together to send a message to every member of Congress. With leadership from CHN, the groups – including service providers, faith groups, labor and civil rights organizations, environmentalists and more – representing millions of Americans, urged Congress to reject the draconian cuts in President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal. Instead, CHN and it's partners are working together to urge Congress to produce a budget that moves us toward opportunity for all, that safeguards and advances our basic living standards, and that protects our environment.